Lake of the Ozarks
Best Fishing & Hunting Times
for July 26-August 2, 2013

              A. M.            P. M.    
          Minor   Major    Minor   Major
26         9:07    2:55     9:32    3:20    
27        10:02    3:50    10:26    4:14    
28        10:54    4:42    11:18    5:06    
29        11:44    5:32    -----    5:56    
30        12:07    6:19    12:31    6:43
31        12:52    7:04     1:16    7:28  
01         1:36    7:48     2:00    8:12  
02         2:19    8:31     2:43    8:55

Day ratings for fish activity  
       *= Good  
      **= Better  
***= Best  
(F) = Full Moon    (N) = New Moon
Compiled by Darrell Taylor 

  The lake level was 659.1; with light generation scheduled, the lake should rise to 659.6 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 87 degrees; tributary temperatures are 82 to 87 degrees depending on location and time of day. There is a thermocline at 15 feet throughout much of the lake. Truman Lake is at normal pool.

  BLACK BASS – Scott Jr. and Scott Sr. Danek won the 7/17/13 Wednesday Night Tourney with 19.7 pounds, Big Bass was 5.09 caught by Troy and Eric Wiethrop. Myrik Coil and Cory Steckler won the Simply Bass Tourney on 7/9/13 with 18.88 pounds. Payton and Lawson Hibdon weighed the Big Bass at 4.87 pounds.

. Lower Osage: Very good, try Bullseye jigs tipped with Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty or Yum’s Pit Boss around dock brush. Glaize Arm: Very good, try Bullseye jigs tipped with soft plastics around docks. Mid-Lake: Very good, try Yum’s soft plastic Money Craw or Power Worms around dock brush. Niangua Arm: Good, try Money Craws, shaky heads, or 10-inch Power Worms in brush. Early and late try crankbaits like Norman’s Deep Little N or Rapala’s DT10 on points. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Very good, try jigs tipped with Berkley’s 4-inch Chigger Craw or Texas-rigged blue fleck 10-inch Power Worms. Upper Osage: Very good on topwaters early, try Bass Pro Shops’ Lazer Eye buzzbait, Booyah’s Buzz Blade, Heddon’s Zara Spook, or Rebel’s Pop R on main and secondary points; later try 10-inch Power Worms around dock brush. Osage 60 MM: Very good on topwaters early, try Bass Pro Shops’ Lazer Eye buzzbait, Booyah’s Buzz Blade, Heddon’s Zara Spook, or Rebel’s Pop R on main and secondary points; later try 10-inch Power Worms around dock brush.

  CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Very good after dark on cut shad. Lower Osage: Excellent on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Excellent, try coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Excellent, try cut bait or beef hearts on jug lines. Niangua Arm: Excellent for channel catfish, try nightcrawlers or chicken livers around docks 6 to 12-feet deep. Little Niangua River:  Good on traditional baits. Gravois Arm: Excellent on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Upper Osage: Excellent on rod and reel or jugs; try shad sides or frozen herring. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on all traditional baits. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait. 

  CRAPPIE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent for quantity and size on medium minnows. Lower Osage: Fair, try minnows or jigs around big boat docks. Glaize Arm: Fair, try minnows fished deep around boat docks. Mid-Lake: Good, try jigs over brush 12 to 14-feet deep. Niangua Arm: Good, try jigs over brush or troll tiny crankbaits around humps. Little Niangua River: Fair to good in deeper holes. Gravois Arm: Very good, try minnows or blue-and-white jigs around docks. Upper Osage: Very good, fish are 12-feet deep. Medium minnows are best and jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles work best. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, fish are 12-feet deep over brush. Medium minnows are best.

  WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Fair to good at night with jigs on humps. In the daytime try vertical jigging Dixie Jet Spoons 14 to 16-feet deep. Niangua Arm: Poor, try trolling a Deep Baby N, DT10, or Cordell’s Wally Diver on flats and points near deep water. Also, try vertical jigging Dixie Jet Spoons 14 to 16-feet deep. Upper Osage: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: Fair, a few fish are hitting crankbaits. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.

  WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Very good from shore near the cable. Try any white lure like Heddon’s Torpedo and Bill Lewis’ Rat-L-Trap. Lower Osage:  No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Try white jigs in coves, also try Dixie Jet Spoons on flats and points. Mid-Lake: Poor to fair on spoons in open water. Niangua Arm: Fair to good in spots during ‘Best Fishing Times’ in the channel. Try spoons like the Dixie Jet, Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten Jigging Spoon, or Cotton Cordell’s Gay Blade. Little Niangua River: Poor. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Very good on points and in coves where shad are present. Try Reef Runner’s Cicada. Osage 60 MM: Very good on points and in coves where shad are present. Try Reef Runner’s Cicada.

  BLUEGILL – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent for big fish, try nightcrawler pieces. Lakewide: Excellent around docks or submerged brush, try meal worms, nightcrawler pieces, and live or Berkley’s Gulp crickets.

  NOTE: The Lower Osage is from the dam to the 22-mile mark; Mid-Lake is between the 22 and 38-mile marks; the Upper Osage is between the 38 and 55-mile marks; the Osage 60 MM is between the 55-mile mark and the 89-mile mark; and the 89 MM is between the 89 MM and the Rt. 65 Bridge.

  UPDATES – Bagnell Dam – Dam Bait Shop (573-216-2084); Lower Osage and Glaize Arm – Guide Skip Surbaugh (573-365-0006); Midlake and Gravois – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Upper Osage – Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Little Niangua River – Greenmill Campground, (573-363-5577); Osage 60 MM – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.com  (573-374-2278); coming soon, Truman Dam Tailwater – The Osage Mini Mart, Warsaw (660-438-9575); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205). Compiled by Darrell Taylor.